Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich has replaced his campaign manager and is laying off one-third of his staff, but has vowed to continue his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, a spokesman confirms to CNN.
"The campaign is being redesigned to make it convention ready," spokesman R.C. Hammond said. "Speaker Gingrich is committed to going all the way to Tampa."
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/28/art.byrd.flag.gi.jpg caption="The flag flies at half staff at the Capitol building on Monday following the death of Sen. Robert Byrd. There is confusion about the process that will be used to fill his seat."]Washington (CNN) - The timing of Sen. Robert Byrd's death is contributing to confusion about filling the remainder of his term.
Under West Virginia law, Gov. Joe Manchin has the power to appoint a successor. Since Manchin, a popular two-term governor, is a Democrat, it's expected he will name a fellow member of his party to succeed Byrd, who was also a Democrat, thereby keeping Democrats' caucus in the Senate at 59 seats.
But questions surround how long Byrd's appointed successor would serve before another election is held.